Sunday, October 11, 2009

Final Card: Joe Nuxhall (#44)

Joe Nuxhall's biggest claim to fame is that he was the youngest player to appear in a major-league game (at age 15). As with many long-time veterans, Topps did not include his minor-league stats on the card. Checking his minor-league stats, we find that after Joe's one appearance for the Reds at age 15, he continued to play minor-league ball the next year at age 16. He then "retired" at the ripe old age of 17.

Joe is one of only 3 players with 1967 cards to have his MLB debut in the 1940s (along with Smoky Burgess and Curt Simmons). He retired in April 1967, having played his last game in 1966.

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